Make no mistake — Black Friday hype will be here soon. But before we get to the monthlong chaos that surrounds the huge shopping holiday, we'll see a handful of events for Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day. And some of these sales will certainly be worth shopping!
The holiday is still a few days away, but you can start saving today! And what goes better with a long holiday weekend than sales to shop? Check out our list of the biggest Columbus Day sales going on right now.
The Best Columbus Day Sales You Can Shop Today
- Allen Edmonds: Shop the Rediscover America Sale and take up to $150 off select men's boots, dress, and casual shoes. Plus, bag free shipping on $75.
- Belk: Save up to 70% on a variety of clothing, shoes, accessories, and home doorbusters. Alternatively, shop regular- and sale-priced items, and get 20% off via coupon code "COLUMBUS".
- Blinds.com: Save up to 50% on cellular shades, faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, shutters, and other styles via coupon code "DISCOVERY".
- Dick's Sporting Goods: Cut up to 50% off of select clothing, shoes, and outdoor gear.
- Home Depot: Take up to 35% off a variety of large appliances, including kitchen, laundry, and floor care items.
- JCPenney: Take an extra 20% to 25% off a variety of items, including clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and home items. Plus, orders of $99 net free shipping.
- Jos. A. Bank: Cut up to 60% off select suits, polo shirts, T-shirts, and outerwear. Additionally, Bank Account Rewards members bag free shipping on all orders.
- Macy's: Knock up to an extra 20% off select apparel, home, and shoes via coupon code "SAVE". Plus, bag free shipping on orders of $75.
- Samsonite: Use coupon code "COLUMBUS" to take up to 50% off sitewide, while code "EXTRA20" will cut an extra 20% off. Even better, orders of $99 qualify for free shipping.
Columbus Day Sales Start Early and Are Short-Lived
Columbus Day sales start early, as is the case with other major shopping holidays. What's different about Columbus Day is the promotions usually don't last long. In 2018, we saw the first Columbus Day sales pop up on October 2 — six days before the holiday. The Children's Place and Reebok led the pack, offering 50% off sitewide and up to an extra 40% off, respectively.
Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day fall on October 14 this year. We saw early sales start a week before the holiday, on October 7. These events will last the longest, as most will be available for shopping through the holiday itself. But don't expect any Indigenous Peoples Day or Columbus Day sale to have staying power. Most of these themed sales will have wrapped up by 11:59 pm on October 15.
Look Into Individual Columbus Day Deals
While Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day sales are the obvious places to start, those won't be the only deals worth checking out over the holiday. You might have to do a little digging, but you'll absolutely be able to find single-item offers. And the good news is many of these will be from big-name stores. Around Columbus Day 2018, eBay boasted the most deals that earned our Staff Pick designation, reserved for our "best of the best" offers. But Amazon and Walmart held their own and offered a fair amount of strong discounts.
Shop Cheaper Holiday Flights
With Halloween not even out of the way yet, you might not be concerned about booking your holiday travel. But you should be! Hayley Berg, economist for the travel app Hopper, weighed in on the topic for us. According to Berg, though Thanksgiving airfare was cheapest at the end of September last year, "prices remain fairly stable, however, through October so you can put it off a bit and you won't pay too much more." She adds that Hopper's "recommendation is to book your Thanksgiving and Christmas flights before the week of Halloween, as prices will begin spiking in the month of November."
If you need to finalize your holiday travel plans, check out any flight sales that pop up for Columbus Day. Last year, we saw 1-way flights from budget airlines drop to $19 around the holiday, while major carriers offered tickets as low as $40 to select locations. This year, travelers between the ages of 18 and 22 can also score up to 10% off United flights — another deal worth looking into.
Wait on Clothing Until Black Friday
We expect clothing deals to account for roughly 20% of the offers we'll see around Columbus Day 2019. That's a significant amount for just one category, and there are sure to be at least a few deep discounts. Just know the general clothing sales aren't anywhere near the magnitude of what we'll see around Black Friday. If you're shopping for a specific item or occasion, definitely check out the Columbus Day clothing deals. Otherwise, hold off until November.
Designers and designer outlets will likely have discounts of around 40%, although some stores could go into the 50% to 70% range. However, if you wait until Black Friday, the savings will probably be much better. Even if a retailer's 70%-off promotion returns in November, odds are it'll apply to more items than what you'll see in October.
But Shop Columbus Day Shoe Sales
In 2017, only about 5% of the deals we posted during Columbus Day were for shoes. Last year, that amount jumped to roughly 13%. While the percentage is more than double what we saw the year before, you can still expect a higher number of shoe deals come Black Friday.
But in the meantime, you should absolutely check out the Columbus Day shoe sales. In 2018, Adidas knocked an extra 40% off men's and women's Deerupt shoes, while Foot Locker offered a coupon for an extra 25% off select clearance items. PUMA joined the action by offering 30% off sitewide, in addition to free 2-day shipping.
While Columbus Day seemed particularly good for athletic-type kicks, we also saw a handful of great individual deals on dressier styles. For instance, Macy's had a pair of G by Guess boots for $62, which was $37 cheaper than list price and the best price we could find at the time.
Redecorate Your Home
Last year, about a quarter of the deals we saw on Columbus Day belonged in the home and garden category. The holiday was largely for individual items in 2018, though we did list a few sales. For instance, Kohl's took 20% off furniture, bedding, and most other home items. Additionally, Amazon discounted Costa Farms house plants by up to 36%. And Houzz offered up to 75% off bar stools, for anyone who wanted to upgrade their seating.
We saw other home items at affordable prices, too. Walmart offered vertical blinds for $35 — $15 less than the blinds' price at most stores — as well as a magnetic spice rack for only $12. If you were in the market for new tools, Home Depot had a 170-piece Stanley set for $63, which was one of the very best deals we saw last Columbus Day.
If you're open to shopping the first couple of weeks of October, you could see better deals. Walmart offered up to 50% off kitchen items, tools, decor, and more on October 1 last year, and Houzz took up to 70% off outdoor items. A day later, Home Depot knocked up to 40% off select ceiling fans, light fixtures, and bulbs.
Watch for Columbus Day Deals on Electronics
With tariffs set to descend on many types of electronics on December 15, it's worth keeping an eye out for good deals during Columbus Day. If you see a good electronics deal on the holiday, don't wait until later to buy. While Black Friday will theoretically have the best deals, they might also sell out faster due to high demand.
You could have better luck shopping before and a few days after the holiday, though. In 2018, a few days post-Columbus Day, we saw sellers on eBay take up to 40% off a variety of cell phones. Looking for a new TV? Last year Dell Home offered a Vizio 65" 4K smart set — along with a $150 gift card — for only $700. We also saw first-generation Apple AirPods drop to just $126, which was the lowest price we'd seen for a new pair. Plus, Bose QuietComfort headphones went for just $249.
Columbus Day Sales Are Disappearing
The last couple of years, we've seen a marked downturn in Columbus Day sales. In 2018, we listed only 22 "Columbus"-branded sales between October 1 and October 13. However, within that same time frame, we listed 161 sales total. Aside from the Columbus branding, we saw many clearance, friends and family, fall, and harvest events, and even a "Rediscover America" sale.
These alternate names could be due to the controversy surrounding Columbus Day. But there's also a good chance that many retailers don't want to add another sale to their lineup so close to Black Friday. The late-November shopping extravaganza seems to grow more and more each year, so it's reasonable to think retailers are waiting until then to release their best savings. We expect to see Columbus Day sales continue to diminish over the next few years, especially if Black Friday continues to grow.
Readers, what products will you be shopping for during Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day sales? Let us know in the comments below!